Bond that volunteers pay to secure their stay, which will be returned at the end of their stay unless they cancel it or leave without one weeks’ notice.
Context: We would MUCH prefer to not have this bond (in fact we used to not have it). But unfortunately we found that we secured the space for people and they didn’t show up, or changed their mind, or came and just left because they felt like it and didn’t honour their commitment to stay when we were counting on them. So they made these choices but it was Alkimia who paid the price, as the other volunteers had to do extra work because we were counting on that person. So now the price is shared, which we find more fair. Accountability is one of our values after all.